Sunday, January 28, 2001

Bush pledges go-ahead on missile defense and cuts in nuclear forces
WASHINGTON -- President Bush said Friday he intends to go ahead with plans for building a nationwide missile defense, despite Russian objections, and also cut the number of U.S. nuclear weapons.

Fairbanks man pleas no contest to manslaughter
FAIRBANKS -- A man who faced charges of first-degree murder, first-degree attempted murder and other charges for two 1999 shootings has pleaded no contest to manslaughter and a probation violation.

Air Force considers outsourcing Elmendorf supply squadron
ANCHORAGE -- Elmendorf Air Force Base could lose 175 personnel and 33 civilian jobs if plans proceed to replace its supply squadron with a private contractor from Texas.

Bush cabinet member to visit Alaska
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The new secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will apparently be the first member of President George Bush's cabinet to visit Alaska.

Bulldozers roll as mine construction begins
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Angry residents of Cleary Summit watched from their homes Thursday as bulldozers cut a swath through trees and brush to make way for the Interior's newest mine.

Drug officers raid three homes in Wasilla area
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three methamphetamine laboratories in the Wasilla area were raided Friday, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Fairbanks rural electric cooperative president resigns
FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The president and chief executive officer of Golden Valley Electric Association has resigned after 10 months on the job.

Searchers reach plane wreck, recover bodies
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The bodies of two Anchorage pilots were recovered Friday from the wreckage of a DC-3 cargo plane on the side of the mountain above Unalaska.

GCI wins $2.7 million from ACS
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- The cable TV and phone company GCI has won an order from the Federal Communications Commission that rival ACS owes GCI $2.7 million plus interest for charges by its subsidiary ATU, formerly the Anchorage Telephone Utility.

BP counsels patience in expecting an Alaska natural gas pipeline
ANCHORAGE -- High natural gas prices that have supercharged enthusiasm for a pipeline to export North Slope gas also create a potential barrier, a top BP executive said Friday.

Four companies state interest in private prison project
KENAI (AP) -- Four organizations have formally expressed interest in building and operating a private prison in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Reactions mixed on state graduation exam
JUNEAU (AP) -- Alaska students don't have to pass a high school exit exam until 2002, but the test is already profoundly affecting schools and students.

Knowles names Brown, Sampson to head Gas Policy Council
JUNEAU (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles created an Alaska Highway Natural Gas Policy Council on Friday and named Arco Alaska Vice President Frank Brown and former Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Jim Sampson as co-chairmen.

Foster mother sentenced for killing 10-year-old in her care
ANCHORAGE -- A foster mother was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison, with 10 suspended, for the beating death of a child in her care.

New state elections chief named
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Alaska state election official was appointed as Oregon elections director by Secretary of State Bill Bradbury on Friday.

Stevens says he's preparing for 2002 campaign
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens said Friday he will campaign in 2002 for a sixth term.

Tax cap backer tries new tack
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Uwe Kalenka, the father of last year's failed property tax cap, is launching a new petition drive to give municipalities more flexibility in levying local property taxes.

Community Calendar
The Community Calendar lists events and meetings of nonprofit organizations. Deadline for submissions is noon the preceding day. To have your event listed, or to change any information, call 283-7551 or fax 283-3299.

Around the Peninsula
Native descendants to meet Timber topic discussed at chamber lunchClothes closet now openImmunization clinic planned, one canceledBoard of directors meeting slatedWinter games events slatedAdvisory committee to meetSports day plannedAlumni of 1981 sought

Movie review:The Pledge
I left the theater after seeing Jack Nicholson's new movie feeling a little conflicted. On the one hand, I had enjoyed almost everything about the film, so I should have been feeling pretty good, right?

Falling down
Among towering spruce trees, the people of the Kenai Peninsula have built their homes. The green-needled giants provided a wall, behind which residents found the privacy they sought.

My Best Friend
Cream and sugar? Beth Mishko of Soldotna said her cat Tikki loves to dip her paw into Beth's morning coffee while she reads her newspaper. And Tikki likes her coffee black, said Beth.

Joy Langston and Steven Webb Kenai couple celebrates 50 years together

New Head Start to open doors
After years of discussion, the Sterling Head Start program will open its doors Monday at Mile 81.5 Sterling Highway, next to Cook's Corner Tesoro.

Proposal prompts flood of calls, e-mails to Soldotna legislator
Legislation proposing a $10 fee for personal-use dipnet fishing in the Kasilof and Kenai Rivers is short on words, but big on response, according to its sponsor, Rep. Ken Lancaster, R-Soldotna.

Scenic Sterling Highway?
HOMER -- Already named a scenic state route, the Sterling Highway between Anchor Point and the end of the Homer Spit could be headed for designation as a National Scenic Byway.

Reactions mixed on state high school graduation exam
Alaska students don't have to pass a high school exit exam until 2002, but the test is already profoundly affecting schools and students.

Proponents say measure will save lives, decrease violence; critics cite loss of revenue, tout personal responsibility
A bill to close bars statewide by 2 a.m. is drawing mixed reviews from central Kenai Peninsula bar operators.

Family fun
Molly Watkins follows her father Jed across a bridge during a ski outing at the Kenai Golf Course Saturday afternoon. Her brother James and sister Hannah were practicing on a hill nearby.

John B. Luy and D. Joseph Luy
Kenai residents John B. Luy and son D. Joseph Luy died Sept. 28, 2000, in an airplane accident while traveling from Spokane, Wash. to Kenai.

Letter to the Editor
I have lived on the Kenai Peninsula for the past seven years. I'm a U.S. citizen since birth, a registered voter in Kenai, I drive school bus for a living and have a unique situation.

Ugly incident underscores beautiful truth
"Even when walking in a party of no more than three, I can always be certain of learning from those I am with. There will be good qualities that I can select for imitation and bad ones that will teach me what requires correction in myself." Confucius

Challenger tragedy anniversary marks end and beginning
Fifteen years ago today, seven astronauts lost their lives in the tragic explosion of the Challenger space shuttle.

Langston, Webb plan spring marriage
Joy Langston and Steven Webb will be married at Holy Trinity Church on Mercer Island in Washington on April 29.

Defending their turf
Nikiski High School girls basketball coach Ward Romans said his squad has the potential to explode this season.

Agassi picks substance over style
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Andre Agassi no longer feels the need to be flashy. He wore a bland black and white outfit to work Sunday, then played tennis that was smart and steady rather than spectacular.

Skyview girls get tough win at Kodiak
The Skyview High School girls basketball team scored a victory Saturday, defeating Kodiak 50-38 in a non-region game at Kodiak.

Kards blow past Wolverines
The Ninilchik High School girls basketball team got an up-close-and-personal look at the Kenai Central High School defense Saturday at Kenai in a nonregion game.

San Antonio gets fourth straight victory against Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Tim Duncan is on a roll, and this time the Utah Jazz were in his way.

Stars grab two games from Homer
The Soldotna Stars girls and boys basketball teams allowed the Homer Mariners through the front door of the House of Blue Saturday and escorted them out with two losses.

Stars top Houston in hockey action
The Soldotna hockey team scored the first nine goals of the game in cruising to a 10-1 nonconference victory over Houston Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

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